Philip Bromwell: shooting with the iPhone

Philip Bromwell, journalist for RTE New/ Ireland, has proven iPhones can provide high quality video packages that can be used for broadcast.

Bromwell now uses the iPhone 6, but started out using the iPhone 4. He places the iphone inside his Shoulderpod S1 smartphone rig. Along with his rig, Bromwell brings with him his iRig-Pre, Lavelier clip and mic, Mophie Juice Pack, Metz Meccalight and a pair of headphones.

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“I bring 12 years of experience as a video journalist, a genuine love for telling stories and a willingness to experiment with how we tell them,” said Bromwell in an interview with

To edit his film, Bromwell uses FiLMiC Pro. This app allows him to lock the focus, exposure and white balance.

After he is finished filming, he goes back to the newsroom and records his voice and edits the story on Avid Media Composer.

“I find the ease with which you can add production flourishes to be one of the most attractive advantages of shooting on a smartphone,” said Bromwell in an interview with “Another plus point is that with all the content on your phone you can use a visual storytelling app like Steller or Storehouse to create a multimedia version of your story.”

There are many advantages to using the iPhone or a smart phone to capture video as a journalist. A smartphone is a lot easier to carry around, store and set up. For journalists in remote areas, using a smartphone is more practical than carrying around a large camera along with a camera crew.

Bromwell uses Twitter and Vimeo to stream his videos as well as other journalists’ videos.

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His videos have clear audio and visuals. He shoots from a variety of angles, uses the rule of thirds and focuses on proper lighting. Looking at his videos, it’s hard to tell the difference between videos filmed with a smartphone and those that are not.


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